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China official says Hong Kong is at a 'critical juncture'

Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests Hong Kong Protesters Fill Airport After Police Violence
Steven Clarke | 13 August, 2019, 03:40

Hong Kong's airport was at a near standstill Monday as protestors flooded its arrival and departure halls.

Still, scores of protesters were arrested, sometimes after being beaten with batons and bloodied by police.

"One must take resolute action toward this violent criminality, showing no leniency or mercy", the statement read. They have spread the violent acts across Hong Kong, causing serious inconvenience towards the general public's daily life and posing threats to people's safety.

On Monday, protesters at the city's worldwide airport wore bandages over their eyes in response to the incident.

Hong Kong authorities have hinted that the police crackdown could yet become more violent.

After refusing to leave, the group were finally offered transport to a hotel in Hong Kong were they are still waiting for news on a flight home, but many others remain stuck at the airport. The protesters erected barricades, marched to police stations, and hurled bricks and petrol bombs at officers.

The couple said they could hear the protests outside, but it wasn't until 4:00pm, several hours after their arrival, the cancellation of all flights was announced. At a press conference this afternoon, a Hong Kong police spokesman would not rule out using tear gas to at the airport.

One young female medic was hospitalised after being hit by a pellet round in the right eye.

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A train station in Kwai Fong filled with smoke after about a dozen police officers fired tear gas inside. Many wore face masks to shield their identities, and a few had helmets.

After mention of the protests was initially censored - as with most unrest in China - photos and videos of violence have become a more common sight in mainland Chinese media, which has emphasized the radical elements of the anti-government movement and sought to paint it as controlled by the United States and other foreign "black hands".

The protests were sparked in response to a government proposal that would have allowed the transfer of fugitives to mainland China, but soon spiraled into a larger movement demanding more democracy in the semi-autonomous region of China. But in recent years, some have accused the Communist Party-ruled central government of steadily chipping away at their freedoms.

A protester holds up a banner warning of the dangers of travelling to Hong Kong at the airport. "So they have some real frustrations, but those frustrations are the result of the Hong Kong capitalist system, which is similar to the British or the American capitalist system, so you see the same dynamics playing out in terms of the 99 versus the 1%".

CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice, a Taiwanese bubble tea franchise, and Pop Mart, a Chinese lifestyle brand, both apologized after individuals affiliated with their companies expressed support for Hong Kong protesters. The bill was declared "dead' as of last month by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam but she didn't withdraw it, and protests have continued". We can not believe them anymore. "We have to come here to protest", Lau said.

It has struggled to find middle ground after one of its pilots was arrested for rioting over his alleged participation in a Hong Kong protest.

"I feel exhausted. I'm trying to get some sleep".

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